Professor Alessio Patalano

Senior Associate Fellow


Professor Alessio Patalano is Professor of War and Strategy in East Asia at King’s College London. He specialises in maritime strategy and doctrine, Japanese military history and strategy, East Asian security, and Italian defence policy.

From 2006 to 2015, he was Visiting Professor in Strategy at the Italian Naval War College (ISMM), Venice. In Japan, Professor Patalano has been a Visiting Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), both in Tokyo. He is currently Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan and Visiting Professor at the Japan Maritime Command and Staff College (JMCSC).

At King’s College London, he is the Director of the Asian Security and Warfare Research Group, the leading UK forum for research and education on East Asia, and the King’s Japan Programme. Professor Patalano is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and at Policy Exchange.

His research on Japanese military history and strategy has received international recognition and has been recently credited to define the application of a strategic studies methodology to the study of contemporary Japanese security (CSBA 2020, 23).

Professor Patalano’s current research focuses on maritime strategy, Chinese hybrid strategy and maritime coercion, Sino-Japanese maritime territorial disputes, and the relationship between military power and statecraft in Japan. He maintains active research collaborations with the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, California), and the China Maritime Studies Institute at the Naval War College (Newport, Rhode Island).

A full list of his publications can be accessed here.

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